September 7, 2016
A 56-year-old man was found dead in his home after fire fighters put out a fire in his trailer at 3541 Aster Ave., Penn Valley Trailer Park, Bensalem Township police said Monday. The victim's name was not released. The fire did not spread to other homes. Multiple companies responded to the fire, which appeared to have been caused by careless smoking, police said. They said the victim was a hoarder, which made the fire worse. - Stacey Burling
March 7, 2015 |
In the moments before Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig lost her life in a West Oak Lane house fire, her coworker Nyree Bright stood at the top of a stairway filled with flames. Bright, on the job for just over two years, was holding the nozzle on a hose - the first line of attack in a predawn basement fire last Dec. 9. Her lieutenant and Craig, a decorated 11-year veteran working an overtime shift, were behind her. Minutes earlier, when they had walked into the house on the 1600 block of Middleton Street, only a light, hazy smoke had filled the first floor.
October 27, 2014
ISSUE | N.J. REBATES Give us the break Gov. Christie continues to revise New Jerseyans' homestead rebates. I recently paid my property taxes and asked about the status of my rebate. The current rebate due in the second quarter of 2014 was for the year 2012. I was told that Christie has postponed this payment until mid-2015, a full three years after it is due. In 2011, he greatly reduced the amount due for the year 2009 - for me, by $1,000. The next year, he changed the system to be issued as a credit in the second quarter of the tax year, again two years behind the actual year.
October 8, 2014 |
A 1975 federal consent decree designed to remedy discrimination against blacks in the Philadelphia Fire Department has been dissolved. As a result of a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Timothy Rice, Philadelphia is free of the court-ordered hiring requirements put in place to boost the percentage of African Americans serving in the city fire department. When the decree was issued 39 years ago, about 7 percent of the city's fire fighters were black. Today the figure is about 27.6 percent and an African American - Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer - leads the department's 2,100 uniformed employees.
June 3, 2014 |
Although Lashay Patterson beat her 5-year-old son when he didn't concentrate during home- schooling lessons, she preferred the discipline wielded by her boyfriend Christian Patrick - because he hit harder. That's what she told police after Dashawn Harris died of multiple blunt-impact trauma on Dec. 1, 2012. An autopsy found that Dashawn's 3-foot-4-inch frame was covered from head to toe in bruises. At 38 pounds, his liver was nearly cut in half, his right lung was torn and his bladder, pancreas and a kidney were damaged.
May 6, 2014 |
Paul Williams, 71, of Villas, N.J., who retired in 1989 as assistant fire chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of lung cancer Wednesday, April 30, at home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Williams attended what is now West Catholic Preparatory High School but left to help support the family because his father died when he was very young, daughter Wendy Hueftle said. Mr. Williams served a four-year enlistment as an Air Force firefighter, and while stationed at a Royal Air Force base near Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England, he met and married his British wife, Wendy.
May 28, 2012 |
NEWBERRY, Mich. - Rain is lending a hand to crew members who are battling a wildfire that has consumed 31.6 square miles of forest in the eastern port of Michigan's sparsely populated Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Sunday that the fire near Newberry is about 47 percent contained. The agency says it now estimates the fire has covered 20,255 acres, down slightly from Saturday's figure. Spokesman Dean Wilson says that's based on more accurate measurements.
April 18, 2012 |
A Philadelphia grand jury will investigate the Kensington blaze that killed two firefighters last week to determine if criminal charges are warranted, the District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Mayor Nutter, who has sharply criticized the owners of the former Thomas W. Buck Hosiery building for not responding to safety citations issued by the city, said he supported the grand jury's involvement. "It will help us to get some answers to a number of unanswered questions. . . . It is absolutely the most appropriate next step," Nutter said.
March 3, 2012
Authorities have identified a 65-year-old elderly squatter killed Friday morning in a Camden arson fire. After battling a blaze that burned through a rowhouse on the 1200 block of Decatur Street, fire fighters found Paul Johnson on the second floor of the home around 4:15 a.m., police said. An autopsy ruled the man had died from smoke inhalation, and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office ruled the death a homicide. Johnson had prior addressed in Collingswood and Oaklyn, but police believe he had most recently been living in the abandoned home.